October 29, 2019

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Morris House Hotel | Elise + Eric

Wedding

Elise and Eric wanted their wedding day to be super low key.  Well, Elise did.  She would have happily eloped.  Eric is more of a traditionalist.   This combination resulted in a gorgeous fall wedding day for the two at the Morris House Hotel with 49 guests.

gorgeous fall wedding portrait in Philadelphia's Washington Square

I was enamored of Elise’s cloudlike wedding gown that breezed behind her as she walked.  It had a floral embroidered top set against an illusion neckline and back.  She wore the daintiest set of pearls – a meaningful strand that has been in her family for ages.

bride looking at herself in the mirror getting ready
zipping up the brides dress on wedding morning
brides mom puts on heirloom pearl necklace
bride from the back putting on makeup in mirror

Elise bemoaned the fact that white wedding shoes were so hard to find.  I don’t understand the problem since she ended up with these fabulous blush lace Badgley Mischka flats!

blush lace Badgley Mischka flats

They shared a first look in front of Morris House Hotel.  Any anxiety that Elise was holding before then melted away when she found Eric’s arms.  It was so clear that he is her home. 

bride walks down stairs at Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia

 I had the bride and groom to myself for some pictures in Washington Square Park.  We were ready to throw down against some other wedding parties there but they were clearly scared of us and kept their distance.

bride and groom laughing outside Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia
bride and groom together at Washington Square Park
wedding day couple against lamppost in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia

It was a hot, humid day but the light coming through the trees was incredible.

bride and groom walking down gorgeous tree lined path in Washington Square Park
bride and groom in front of fountain in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia
bride in gorgeous wedding gown in Washington Square Park

While walking around the neighborhood, I learned that Elise has a slight phobia of grates (ask her about the mole people). 

fluffy wedding dress from behind in Philadelphia
bride and groom walking down Philly street in sunlight

We survived and made it back around to the venue for some family and wedding party formals.

bride laughing with bridesmaids while onlooker walks past
wedding party goofing off in front of Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia

Two very important kiddos were present for the event, Elise’s nephews.  “Ring bearer” Henry was this incredibly cheerful blonde smidge of a boy who grinned and played with me late into the night.

adorable ring bearer with purple tie

Alex was designated “Petal Boy” and carried around his sidekick lion, Leo, throughout the day.

Their outdoor ceremony was sweet and funny.  I’m convinced these two laugh together no matter the occasion and the moments standing up in front of their nearest and dearest were no exception.

laughing during ceremony at Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia
wedding ceremony from behind at Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia
ring bearer during outdoor ceremony at Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia
bride and groom immediately pronounced man and wife

After cocktail hour on the front patio, the tented courtyard was transformed for cocktail hour.  Centerpieces with hydrangea, roses, and stock adorned each table.  The bigger draw were the bride + groom lego sets on each table for guests young and old (though Alex might have snatched them all up by the last song.)

hydrangea and rose centerpieces with legos at Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia
wedding bands on tiny lego bride and groom

Elise and Eric shared a first dance to “Is That Alright” from A Star Is Born Soundtrack.

Morris House Hotel first dance in black and white
bride and groom during first dance at Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia

The reception was lovely and low key.  There was no band or dj, instead a string trio played all night long.  I totally geeked out when they played the Game of Thrones theme song.

string trio playing at Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia
gentle shoulder touch between groom and bride

Instead of dancing and cake cutting, the evening was comprised of speeches, a delicious leisurely dinner, mingling, and reminiscing.  Just the way they wanted it.  Cake and desserts were served.  I grabbed them for a quick shot under the bistro lights before the night came to a close.

bride and groom cuddling late at night under bistro lights at Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia

Life is so simple
A little boy, a little girl
Laughing and loving
Tryin’ to figure out the world

~ Lady Gaga, “Is That Alright?” from A Star Is Born soundtrack

Wedding Ceremony: Morris House Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Reception: Morris House Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Engagement Session: Logan Square
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Getting Ready: Morris House Hotel
Flowers: Beautiful Blooms
Hair Stylist: Adolf Biecker Studio
Makeup Artist: Adolf Biecker Studio
Officiant: Bob Pileggi
Reception Music: Morris String Quartet (playing as a trio)
Caterer: M Restaurant
Wedding Cake: The Sugary
Wedding Gown Shop: BHLDN
Hairpiece: BHLDN
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Groom’s Suit: Jos. A. Bank
Wedding Rings: Steven Singer
Invitations: Pixie Paper Co.

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